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Katy Perry writes emotional Instagram essay after Hillary Clinton's UNICEF surprise

'Hillary helped me see that we're all in this together,' the singer wrote Thursday

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Two days after the woman Katy Perry calls “my hero” and her favored presidential candidate Hillary Clinton presented her with UNICEF’s Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, the pop star was finally able to sum it up into words.

Perry reflected on the night in a lengthy Instagram post Thursday, noting how honored she was to receive the award from Clinton and remembering how emotional she became when seeing the former secretary of state make her surprise entrance. The 32-year-old also noted the last time she was in New York City was for election night, when Clinton lost to Republican nominee Donald Trump. That didn’t leave her any less inspired, though.

“I have never had [a voice] like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice,” she wrote, echoing sentiments she said Tuesday night at UNICEF’s Snowflake Gala. “I grew up sheltered, suppressed and kept silent for fear of giving the wrong answer. I would reveal my poor education. Or I was just scared.

“Hillary helped me see that we’re all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don’t have,” Perry continued. “Hillary lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out.”

When presenting the award to Perry, Clinton was effusive in her praise of the singer’s work and character. “I have seen Katy’s commitment to the causes she believes in firsthand,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve gotten to spend time with her, and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place. … We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion.”

Perry wrapped up her note by insisting her new confidence in her platform will be hard to quell — and that it’ll bleed into her music: “It’s funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, ‘Shut up and sing.’ Boy, will I do so in a whole new way… next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN.”

See Perry’s full post below.

 

Slowly, I am coming down from the beautiful cloud that was Tuesday night’s @UNICEF Snowflake Ball. First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful to have received the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award from my hero @HillaryClinton. This award will be a constant reminder to get out of my bubble and back into the field to shine a light on issues that matter most, especially to illuminate the plight of vulnerable children who are living without basic human needs and rights. This honor is a starting line, not a finish line, for me, and I am excited for where my new ambition and purpose leads me! I was profoundly moved and thoroughly surprised when Hillary showed up to give me this award. I broke down and wept watching her take the stage. The last time I was in NYC was for Election Night. I left covered in a blanket of sadness and despair because for me, and I imagine others, the results triggered a lot of dormant fears and emotions to the surface. I feared that we were not ever going to see the light of justice or fairness. I felt vulnerable, confused and frightened like a child. From the outside it probably looks as though I’ve always had a “voice.” Truth is, I have never had one like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice. I grew up sheltered, suppressed and kept silent for fear of giving the wrong answer. I would reveal my poor education. Or I was just scared. Hillary helped me see that we’re all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don’t have. Hillary lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out. Feelings of despair still comes in waves, but now more than ever I am MOTIVATED to fight against social injustice and to promote equality and kindness as best I know how, through my art and influence. I am continually inspired by her strength and how she continues to rise like the Phoenix she is, every time. It’s funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, “Shut up and sing.” Boy, will I do so in a whole new way… next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN.

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